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Leigh Anne Cassell’s Solo Exhibit – February 22 – March 30, 2014

The Gallery’s theme for this exhibit is “Rêves et Rêveurs – Dreams and Dreamers” drawing inspiration from the book “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

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Leigh Anne’s work covers a broad range of visual interest, from whimsical to contemplative. Her strongest and most commented upon works so far are the portraits, of which the Steampunk Dr. Who and her self-portrait are two examples. Leigh Anne will show her recent as well as earlier work, some of which will be on loan to the gallery for this solo show. Visitors are encouraged to participate on opening day wearing theme colors white, red and black.

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With over a foot of snow on the ground, it is a great day to watch a movie. Might I recommend “The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box”? This is a straight steampunk adventure story based on G.P. Taylor’s Mariah Mundi series.

Without giving too much away, the movie is set in 1885 and follows Mariah Mundi (played by Aneurin Barnard), who sets out to find his brother, Felix (played by Xavier Atkins), who has been taken by a sinister character named Otto Luger (played by Sam Neill). Both Mariah and Felix were given two halves of an amulet required to open a box believed to have belonged to King Midas. Mariah and Felix’s parents, unbeknownst to the brothers, are secret agents, in service to the Crown within the Bureau of Antiquities. The parents, Charles and Catherine (played by Ioan Gruffudd and Keeley Hawes) and are taken hostage and the brothers are left to fend for themselves. Captain Will Charity (played by Michael Sheen) uses various disguises in an effort to protect the boys as well as locate their parents. Otto and Monica (played with obvious glee by Lena Headey) work together to harness the power of gold to not only heal the sick, but achieve their ultimate villainous goal – to use the golden box’s power as a weapon to control the world!

There is a timely reference to the Greek antiquities in the possession of the British Museum at the beginning of the film, which made the news recently with the release of “The Monuments Men.” George Clooney commented at a news conference this week that he thinks the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, should be returned to Greece. Steampunk is eternally relevant.

This is a wonderful movie along the lines of Hugo and Going Postal. The costumes are amazing (cameo broaches everywhere!) and the scenery is perfect. St. Michael’s Mount is the location of the fictional Prince Regent’s Hotel, which serves as Luger’s liar.

Looking forward to the sequel!

“Never underestimate the power of buried treasure, my friend.”

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Leigh Anne Cassell’s Solo Exhibit – February 22 – March 30, 2014

The Gallery’s theme for this exhibit is “Rêves et Rêveurs – Dreams and Dreamers” drawing inspiration from the book “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

Postcard_Front_Leigh_Anne_show

Leigh Anne’s work covers a broad range of visual interest, from whimsical to contemplative. Her strongest and most commented upon works so far are the portraits, of which the Steampunk Dr. Who and her self-portrait are two examples. Leigh Anne will show her recent as well as earlier work, some of which will be on loan to the gallery for this solo show. Visitors are encouraged to participate on opening day wearing theme colors white, red and black. An artist’s reception is scheduled for February 22. Please contact Steam at Harper’s Ferry directly for an invitation.

What’s New at Steam

Please put April 26 on your calendar for Eric Holstine’s solo exhibit! He is sending along preliminary photos of his work – this promises to be a very exciting show!

With the heightened interest in the revitalization of the Hill Top House, Steam at Harper’s Ferry has a mini display of related historic postcards. This is also a good time to buy “Of Steam and Spring” the first  of a series (hopefully) which features Hill Top House and the B&O Island Park.

We are always looking for new folks to come in and show their work, so there will be a call to artists in early 2014 for our next open call exhibit. Over the course of the year, we will feature several local and regional artists.

3rd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk – April 26 and 27, 2014

The 3rd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk is scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2014. Please keep up with developments on the facebook page. Steam is pleased to announce that the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library and stair-mate Waffle Buzz will provide some welcomed assistance with this year’s event.

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